Anyone out there got a database with at least a year’s results from the major French tracks? Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Ideally the smaller tracks also (Strasbourg etc). Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I have compiled something for the last 3 years in Germany and don’t really want to have to spend even more time doing the same for France. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Obviously I would be prepared to pay for something useful. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
I use France Galop. The data is very good – comprehensive back to the mid-seventies and including non-TB racing as well. But as Gareth says, it is not pleasant to use at all. With experience it is perfectly functional, but the little quirks (can’t use the back button or return, very quick timeout, for example) make it frustrating at first.
Being based in France I have to agree somewhat sadly to the previous posts. For the major tracks the Racing Post is probably your best source, but the provincial tracks are definitely more problematic. pmu.fr and the paris-turf sites are worth looking at but seem to lack anything worthwhile in terms of databases.
(Edited by Longchamp Lad at 12:57 pm on June 20, 2007)
They must read TRF, as France Galop have just updated their database system to a much more attractive and modern site. It doesn’t look like the transfer is fully complete yet, and an essential ratings file seems to have gone walkabout, but it may be worth another look to see if the new system is more suitable to your needs.